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Friday 17th June at 10.30am

Including property from the library of a remarkable collector of English literature, who sought out important association copies and first editions of the works of Hardy, Lawrence, Austen, Fleming, Tolkien, Milne, Trollope et al (Lots 1-49).

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[AUSTEN, JANE]: MANSFIELD PARK
Lot 1 Sold
[AUSTEN, JANE]: MANSFIELD PARK
London, T. Egerton, 1814

FIRST EDITION. 3 vols. with half-titles and advertisement leaf in vol. 3. 8vo., handsome 20th century half speckled calf, marbled boards, spines decorated in gilt with red and green morocco spine labels. Clean copy, slight stain to corners of first two leaves of vol. 3, not affecting text.

Provenance: Book label of Sir Harry Newton in each volume.

Reference: Gilson A6
Hammer price: £22,000
Estimate: £8,000 - £15,000
17 June 2022
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[AUSTEN, JANE]: EMMA
Lot 2 Sold
[AUSTEN, JANE]: EMMA
London, John Murray, 1816

FIRST EDITION. 3 vols. with half-titles. 8vo., 20th century full calf by Sangorski, spine in compartments with raised bands, gilt lettering to spine, double gilt rule on turn-ins, silk bookmarks. Clean copy with only occasional light browning, top of spine of vol. 1 a little weak.

Provenance: Book label of Sir Harry Newton in each volume.
Reference: Gilson A8
Hammer price: £15,000
Estimate: £8,000 - £15,000
17 June 2022
17 June 2022
[AUSTEN, JANE]: NORTHANGER ABBEY & PERSUASION
Lot 3 Sold
[AUSTEN, JANE]: NORTHANGER ABBEY & PERSUASION
London, John Murray, 1818.

FIRST EDITION. 4 vols., with half-titles, (after p. xx before Advertisement in vol. 1 & after titles in vols. 2-4). 8vo., 20th century full calf by Sangorski, spine in compartments with raised bands, gilt lettering to spine, double gilt rule on turn-ins, silk bookmarks. Very good, with a little rubbing to bindings.

Provenance: Booklabel of Sir Harry Newton in each volume.
Reference: Gilson A9
Hammer price: £10,500
Estimate: £4,000 - £6,000
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[BRONTË, CHARLOTTE]. BELL, CURRER: VILLETTE
Lot 4 Sold
[BRONTË, CHARLOTTE]. BELL, CURRER: VILLETTE
London, Smith, Elder & Co, 1853

FIRST EDITION. 3 vols. 12 pp. publisher’s catalogue dated Feb. 1853 at end of vol. 1, Westley’s of London bookbinder’s ticket. 8vo., original blind-stamped olive-brown cloth. Later green cloth drop-back box. Extremely good set with only a little light rubbing to cloth and mild bumping to spine ends.

Reference: Smith 6
Hammer price: £4,000
Estimate: £4,000 - £8,000
17 June 2022
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[BRONTË, CHARLOTTE]. BELL, CURRER: THE PROFESSOR, A TALE
Lot 5 Sold
[BRONTË, CHARLOTTE]. BELL, CURRER: THE PROFESSOR, A TALE
London, Smith, Elder & Co 1857

FIRST EDITION. 2 vols. Half-titles in both volumes, 2 pp. publisher’s catalogue at end of vol. 1 & 16 pp. publisher’s catalogue at end of vol. 2 dated June 1857, Westley’s of London bookbinder’s ticket. 8vo., original blind-stamped dark purple cloth, in a later fleece lined red buckram solander box. Spines slightly faded, otherwise very good.

Provenance: With the booklabels of noted American book collector A. Edward Newton.
Reference: Smith 7
Hammer price: £2,800
Estimate: £2,000 - £4,000
17 June 2022
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CHRISTIE, AGATHA: HALLOWE'EN PARTY
Lot 6 Sold
CHRISTIE, AGATHA: HALLOWE'EN PARTY
London, Collins Crime Club, 1969

PRESENTATION COPY, signed and inscribed by the author to Mrs Honeybone on front free endpaper in the year of publication. FIRST EDITION. 8vo., red cloth, original dust jacket. Few small nicks to edges.

*Mrs Daphne Honeybone was Agatha Christie’s private secretary for many years and also the dedicatee of her novel ‘Nemesis’.
Hammer price: £1,700
Estimate: £600 - £1,000
17 June 2022
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CHRISTIE, AGATHA: ELEPHANTS CAN REMEMBER
Lot 7 Sold
CHRISTIE, AGATHA: ELEPHANTS CAN REMEMBER
London, Collins Crime Club, 1972

PRESENTATION COPY, signed and inscribed by the author on title page to her private secretary Daphne Honeybone (see above) in the year of publication. FIRST EDITION. 8vo., red cloth, original dust jacket.
Hammer price: £1,700
Estimate: £600 - £1,000
17 June 2022
17 June 2022
CHRISTIE, AGATHA: POIROT'S EARLY CASES
Lot 8 Sold
CHRISTIE, AGATHA: POIROT'S EARLY CASES
London, Collins Crime Club, 1974.

PRESENTATION COPY, signed and inscribed by the author on title page to her private secretary Daphne Honeybone (see above) in the year of publication. FIRST EDITION. 8vo., brown cloth, dust jacket. Small tear and a little creasing to jacket.
Hammer price: £1,800
Estimate: £600 - £1,000
17 June 2022
17 June 2022
CHRISTIE, AGATHA; THE MYSTERIOUS AFFAIR AT STYLES
Lot 9 Sold
CHRISTIE, AGATHA; THE MYSTERIOUS AFFAIR AT STYLES
London, John Lane, The Bodley Head, 1921

FIRST EDITION. 8vo., original tan cloth decorated and lettered in black, front of original and rare dust jacket affixed to upper pastedown. Later quarter blue morocco & marbled paper solander box. Slight wear to top of spine.

PRESENTATION COPY FROM THE AUTHOR TO HER BROTHER-IN-LAW inscribed ‘Abney’ on the front free endpaper (the home of Christie’s brother in law James Watts). ALS FROM THE AUTHOR dated Jan. 27th [1921] from her home at
8 Addison Mansions, Blythe Road W14 tipped in at the rear “My Dear Pop, The book is out at last….”.…
Hammer price: £16,000
Estimate: £8,000 - £12,000
17 June 2022
17 June 2022
DOYLE, SIR ARTHUR CONAN: THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES
Lot 10 Sold
DOYLE, SIR ARTHUR CONAN: THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES
London, George Newnes, 1902

FIRST EDITION, first issue with ‘you’ for ‘your’ p.13, line 3. Frontispiece and 15 plates by Sidney Paget. 8vo., original scarlet cloth blocked in black and gilt.

Reference: Green & Gibson A26a
Hammer price: £2,000
Estimate: £1,500 - £2,500
17 June 2022
17 June 2022
DOYLE, SIR ARTHUR CONAN: THE ADVENTURES & MEMOIRS OF SHERLOCK HOLMES
Lot 11 Sold
DOYLE, SIR ARTHUR CONAN: THE ADVENTURES & MEMOIRS OF SHERLOCK HOLMES
London, George Newnes, 1892 & 1894 [1893].

FIRST EDITIONS. 2 vols. All illustrations by Sidney Paget present in both volumes. 4to., original light blue and dark blue cloth blocked and titled in gilt and black, all edges gilt. Minor rubbing to edges and bumping to headcaps.

Reference: Green & Gibson A10a, A14a
Hammer price: £5,000
Estimate: £2,000 - £4,000
17 June 2022
17 June 2022
DOYLE, SIR ARTHUR CONAN: THE WHITE COMPANY
Lot 12 Unsold
DOYLE, SIR ARTHUR CONAN: THE WHITE COMPANY
Smith, Elder & Co, 1891

FIRST EDITION, one of 750 copies. 3 vols., original red-brown cloth blocked in black and titled in black and gilt, grey floral endpapers. An exceptionally bright copy in a later fleece lined drop-back box.

Reference: Green & Gibson A8a
Provenance: booklabels of Devon judge and collector Sir Trehawke Herbert Kekewich
Estimate: £7,000 - £11,000
17 June 2022
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FLEMING, IAN: CASINO ROYALE
Lot 13 Sold
FLEMING, IAN: CASINO ROYALE
London, Jonathan Cape, 1953

FIRST EDITION, IN THE FIRST ISSUE DUST JACKET OF THE FIRST JAMES BOND NOVEL. 8vo., original black cloth lettered in red with red heart on upper cover, original unclipped dust jacket. Contemporary ownership inscription on front free endpaper, small restoration to jacket near head of spine.
Hammer price: £8,000
Estimate: £8,000 - £15,000
17 June 2022
17 June 2022
FLEMING, IAN: DR. NO
Lot 14 Sold
FLEMING, IAN: DR. NO
London, Jonathan Cape, 1958

FIRST EDITION. 8vo., original black cloth with dancing girl in brown on upper cover, original dust jacket. Very good.
Hammer price: £950
Estimate: £800 - £1,500
17 June 2022
17 June 2022
FLEMING, IAN: ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE
Lot 15 Unsold
FLEMING, IAN: ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE
London, Jonathan Cape, 1963

FIRST EDITION, no. 109 of 250 copies SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR. Frontispiece portrait of Ian Fleming from the painting by Amherst Villiers. 8vo., original vellum backed black cloth boards with design in white.

The only special limited edition of any Fleming novel.
Estimate: £7,000 - £10,000
17 June 2022
17 June 2022
FLEMING, IAN: YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE
Lot 16 Unsold
FLEMING, IAN: YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE
London, Jonathan Cape, 1964

FIRST EDITION. PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR – “To Philip CMG from Ian (failed OBE)” on front free endpaper. 8vo., original black cloth with lettering in gilt and silver, original dust jacket, with a few tiny chips.
Estimate: £8,000 - £15,000
17 June 2022
17 June 2022
HARDY, THOMAS:THE RETURN OF THE NATIVE
Lot 17 Sold
HARDY, THOMAS:THE RETURN OF THE NATIVE
London, Smith, Elder & Co., 1878

FIRST EDITION. AUTOGRAPH RECEIPT SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR for the contribution of an episode of the novel to “Belgravia” loosely inserted. 3 vols., map frontispiece in volume 1, advertisement leaf at end of volume 2. 8vo., primary binding of brown cloth blocked in black on upper cover and spine with larger imprint and two-rule border in blind on lower cover, in later brown cloth chemises and quarter brown morocco slipcase.
Some slight wear with a few gatherings slightly shaken, upper hinge of volume 1 a little delicate. …
Hammer price: £3,600
Estimate: £3,000 - £5,000
17 June 2022
17 June 2022
HARDY, THOMAS: UNDER THE GREENWOOD TREE
Lot 18 Sold
HARDY, THOMAS: UNDER THE GREENWOOD TREE
London, Tinsley Brothers, 1876

FIRST ONE VOLUME & FIRST ILLUSTRATED EDITION. Frontispiece, illustrated title page and plates by R. Knight. 8vo., original green cloth, decorated in black and gilt, all edges gilt. Rather shaken, hinges splitting with some marking to cloth and chipping to top and bottom of spine and corners, booklabel and ownership inscription.

Very rare first illustrated edition.

Reference: Purdy, p.8
Hammer price: £260
Estimate: £200 - £400
17 June 2022
17 June 2022
HARDY, THOMAS: TESS OF THE D'URBERVILLES
Lot 19 Sold
HARDY, THOMAS: TESS OF THE D'URBERVILLES
London, James R. Osgood & McIlvaine, 1891

FIRST EDITION, FIRST IMPRESSION. One of 1000 copies. 3 vols. 8vo., original tan cloth with honeysuckle design by Charles Ricketts in gilt on upper cover, spine decoratively titled in gilt, in later blue cloth chemises and quarter blue morocco slipcase. Circulating library copy with remains of labels on upper covers, a little wear to cloth, some leaves of text slightly browned.
Provenance: Frederick B. Adams, director of the Pierpont Morgan Library – sold in the sale of his…
Hammer price: £4,600
Estimate: £5,000 - £8,000
17 June 2022
17 June 2022
HARDY, THOMAS: TESS OF THE D'URBERVILLES
Lot 20 Sold
HARDY, THOMAS: TESS OF THE D'URBERVILLES
London, James R. Osgood & McIlvaine, 1891

FIRST EDITION, FIRST IMPRESSION. One of 1000 copies. 3 vols. 8vo., handsomely bound in later half tan morocco, marbled paper covered boards, spine decorated in gilt, top edges gilt, in slipcase. Very good
Reference: Purdy pp.67-78
Hammer price: £1,100
Estimate: £1,000 - £2,000
17 June 2022
17 June 2022
HARDY, THOMAS: TESS OF THE D'URBERVILLES
Lot 21 Unsold
HARDY, THOMAS: TESS OF THE D'URBERVILLES
London, James R. Osgood & McIlvaine, 1892

FIRST EDITION, second impression. One of 500 copies. vols. 8vo., original cloth with honeysuckle design by Charles Ricketts in gilt on upper cover, spine decoratively titled in gilt. Very bright set with aonly few small marks to upper board of vols. 2 and 3 and slight fading to lower board of vol. 1.

Reference: Purdy pp.67-78
Estimate: £800 - £1,500
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17 June 2022
HARDY, THOMAS: A GROUP OF NOBLE DAMES
Lot 22 Sold
HARDY, THOMAS: A GROUP OF NOBLE DAMES
London, James R. Osgood & McIlvaine, 1891

FIRST EDITION. PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR to Sir George Douglas, 2 days after publication (June 2, 1891). 8vo., original pictorial light brown cloth, blocked in gilt and brown, later blue cloth chemise and blue morocco backed slipcase.

*George Brisbane Douglas, fifth baronet was a local landowner and author whom Hardy first met in 1881 in Wimborne, Dorset. He became on of Hardy’s closest friends
Provenance: Booklabels of American collectors Carroll Atwood Wilson & Frederick B. Adams, director…
Hammer price: £4,600
Estimate: £3,000 - £6,000
17 June 2022
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HARDY, THOMAS: A GROUP OF NOBLE DAMES
Lot 23 Sold
HARDY, THOMAS: A GROUP OF NOBLE DAMES
London, Osgood, McIlvaine & Co., 1896

Vol XV of the first edition of Osgood, McIlvaine & Co.’s Wessex Novels. PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR on first blank “To Mrs Henry Allhusen…by command – and with affectionate regards”. Frontispiece illustration and map of Wessex at end, with June 1896 preface by Hardy. 8vo., green half calf, spine in compartments with raised bands and rose tool in each panel, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt. Very slight rubbing to extremities and a little light browning.
*Specially bound for Hardy and given to his close friend Dorothy Allhusen, née Stanley, as a…
Hammer price: £3,000
Estimate: £3,000 - £4,000
17 June 2022
17 June 2022
HARDY, THOMAS: DESPERATE REMEDIES
Lot 24 Sold
HARDY, THOMAS: DESPERATE REMEDIES
London, Osgood, McIlvaine & Co., 1896

Vol XII of the Osgood, McIlvaine & Co.’s Wessex Novels. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR on the half-title, dated Dec. 1913. Frontispiece of Knapwater House, map of Wessex at end, with February 1896 preface by Hardy. 8vo., very bright copy in original dark green cloth blocked in gilt, later green cloth drop-back box. Head of spine with small repair, bumped.

Provenance: Booklabel of American collector Carroll Atwood Wilson.
Reference: Purdy p.280
Hammer price: £1,500
Estimate: £1,500 - £2,500
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